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Caramel Pecan Clusters

What do you get when you combine caramel, pecans, and chocolate? Heavenly Caramel Pecan Clusters!

Bite-size caramel pecan clusters are a tiny piece of heaven. Yep. They are sooooo good that I can’t eat just one!

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Caramel Pecan Clusters

First of all, Caramel Pecan Clusters starts with a recipe that my Mom gave me. As you may recall in a previous post: Sugar and Spice Pecans, I mentioned that my parents have several pecan trees on their farm.  So in this recipe I used fresh, organic pecans; right out of the shell!  For this recipe my Mother suggested that I roast the pecans first. This roasting process takes some of the oil out of the pecans, helps them taste better and helps the chocolate stick better to them.

roasted pecans

**The picture below shows more than 2 cups of pecans, however I roasted more pecans than I needed for this candy recipe. I thought while I was at it I would make extra and will use them in other recipes later on.

Once the pecans were roasted I removed them from the oven and let them cool completely. While the pecans are cooling, I unwrapped a package of caramels and combined them with butter and water and placed them in a double broiler.

caramel I slowly heated the caramels until they were melted, then combined 2 cups of chopped roasted pecans with the melted caramel.

Caramel Pecan Clusters

Combine chopped pecans and melted caramel.

Once this yummy goodness was mixed together I took two teaspoons and dropped the mixture into bite-size mounds onto waxed paper and placed them in my freezer for 20 minutes. This allowed the caramel clusters to harden and made them easier to work with.

Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper or onto a greased cookie sheet.

Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper or onto a greased cookie sheet.

Because these Caramel Pecan Clusters are so tasty they make a nice little DIY gift. In addition they are a nice treat for parties or any  holiday.

Caramel Pecan Clusters

Look at these yummy, gooey, delicious little bites of sweetness!

Caramel Pecan Clusters

20 minPrep Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cup pecans, roasted
  • 1 (11 oz) pkg. caramels
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Optional: 4 oz chocolate bark & 4 oz white almond bark

Instructions

  1. To roast pecans, divide the pecans and place them on two large cookie sheets.
  2. Bake in a preheated 200 degrees F oven for 30 minutes; stirring them once.
  3. Remove from oven.
  4. Unwrap caramels and combined them with butter and water, place in a double broiler.
  5. Heat the caramels on medium heat until melted, stir to keep them from burning.
  6. Combine roasted pecans with the melted caramel.
  7. Using a teaspoon, drop mixture onto a waxed paper, place in freezer for 20 minutes.
  8. Optional: melt chocolate bark in double boiler and drizzled it over the clusters, repeat with white almond bark.
  9. Place candies in a single layer in an air tight container.
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chocolate clusters

Drizzle melted chocolate and almond bark over caramel clusters.

For the final touch I melted chocolate in double boiler and drizzled it over the clusters and repeated with white almond bark. To make them just a little more festive I also add colorful sprinkles on top.  

Caramel Pecan Clusters

Add a splash of colored candies.

Store the candies in a single layer, in an air tight container. If you keep them in your freezer; once frozen you can stack them but be sure to keep a sheet of wax paper between each layer. Store in a cool, dry place or keep in your freezer until ready to serve.

What is your favorite homemade candy? 

Enjoy!

Linda

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